Science fair returns for 15th year


THE Science Fair for Young Children (SFYC) is back.

Entering its 15th year, the fair exposes Tamil vernacular schoolchildren to science, technology and innovation competitions.

The Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (Asti) said the annual event is designed for pupils to learn the fundamentals of science in a fun way by “doing”.

The SFYC 2021 – comprising four levels – was launched virtually on Feb 19 by Education Ministry Educational Policy Planning and Research Division director Dr Azhar Ahmad.

“This year, we are planning to organise the Home Level Science Fair (HLSF), the School Level Science Fair (SLSF), the Zone Level Science Fair (ZLSF) and the National Level Science Fair (NSFYC).

“For SLSF and HLSF, the schools will be required to prepare and submit their proposals and reports to the Science Fair Secretariat.

“Asti will sponsor medals and certificates for the winners and participants respectively.

“ZLSF, on the other hand, will be conducted as an online competition.

“Participants are required to conduct an experiment based on the given topic, explain the scientific methods and submit a video together with a slide presentation,” the association said in a statement.

For the NSFYC, it said schools will be required to develop experiments with a prototype based on scientific methodology.

All explanations must be submitted via video.

Asti is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation that aims to empower young children through science-based, skills-development projects.

For more details, visit the Asti and SFYC Facebook pages and websites.

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